Jack Sullivan 

Updated Fall, 2017

Biology 483 - Mammalogy


Some Greek & Latin Word Roots.


Lecture 1. Introduction to Mammals. Notes Slides.

Reeder et al. (2007).

Arbogast et al. (2017).

Lecture 2. Origin of Mammals. Notes Slides.

Luo et al. (2002). A landmark paper on Cynodont phylogeny.

Rowe (1988). The argument for a crown-group definition of Mammalia.

Luo et al. (2015). A recent phylogeny of the late cynodonts.

Ruta et al. (2013). A recent paper that uses my preferred definition of Mammalia.

O'Leary et al. (2013). This paper argues that placental mammals did not radiate until after the dinosaur extinction at the end of the Cretaceous. (I think they're wrong, and the reasons are presented here and here.)

McNab (1978). The rationale for the Size Refugium Hypothesis on the evolution of endothermy.

Lecture 3. Mesozoic Mammals and Monotremes. Notes Slides.

Hu et al. (2005).

Luo (2007).

Rich et. al (1997).

Luo et. al (2011).

Lecture 4A. Metatherian Diversity. Notes Slides.

Lecture 4B. Eutherian Diversity. Notes Slides.

Lecture 5. The Disparity in Diversity between Metatherians & Eutherians. Notes Slides.

Cooper & Steppan (2010). A quantitative test of the constraints on Metatherian front limbs.

Lavialle et al. (2013). Evidence that the formation of the sycytio-trophoblast is mediated by genes acquired from endogenous retrovirus.

Cornelis et al. (2015). Evidence for a syncitio-trophoblast in Monodelphis, but not Australian metatherians.

Lecture 6. Dentition. Notes Slides.

Lecture 7. The Nature of Mammalian Species. Notes Slides.

Hoisington-Lopez et al. (2012). A paper that discusses species delimitation in cases of allopatry.

Sullivan et al. (2014). A review of rampant mtDNA introgression in chipmunks.

Lecture 8. Evolution of Ear Ossicles. Notes Slides.

Meng et al. (2011). Documents migration of malleus and incus off the jaw in a triconodont.

Takechi & Kuratani (2010). A good review of the evolution of mammalian ear ossicles and homologies across vertebrates.

Lecture 9. Locomotion I: Flight. Notes Slides.

Lecture 10. Locomotion II: Functional Morphology. Notes Slides.

Lecture 11. Locomotion III: Types of Locomotion. Notes Slides.

Lab Handouts

Lab 1. Mammalian Anatomy.

Lab 2. Monotremes, Metatherians, Xenarthra, and Insectivora (a.k.a. Eulipotyphla or Soricomorpha).

Lab 3. Chiroptera, Primates, Scandentia, & Dermoptera.

Lab 4. Rodents I: Sciuromorpha & Hystricomorpha.

Lab 5. Systematics.

Lab 6. Rodents II: Castorimorpha & Myomorpha.

Review for Lab Midterm. Study Guide.

Old Exams

Exam 1.

Study Guide for Eutherian Orders.

Exam 2.